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The Trial of Leo Frank by Reuben Arnold


Published October, 1913
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'The Trial of Leo Frank, Reuben R. Arnold's Address to the Court on his Behalf', was originally delivered at a retrial request hearing in October 1913. Introduction by Alvin V. Sellers. Booklet format, 69 pages, by the Classic Publishing Co., Baxley GA. Published and Copyright, 1915 by Alvin V. Sellers and The Trow Press, New York.

Original booklets of 'The Trial of Leo Frank, Reuben R. Arnold's Address to the Court on his Behalf' are extremely rare and difficult to find in superior condition. This original booklet was purchased, scanned and published online for the first time in nearly 100 years at this location here on the Internet Archive.

This October 1913 stenographed speech was orally delivered at a hearing on behalf of Leo Frank after his summer of 1913 capital murder trial, in an attempt to have the verdict of guilt set aside, and a new trial issued by Judge Leonard Strickland Roan.

This October 1913 speech is not to be, but is often confused with the late August 21, 1913, trial closing argument delivered to the Court by Reuben Arnold, where the race card is first played, when Reuben openly claims that if Leo Frank were not a Jew, the trial to convict him would have never taken place.

The August 1913 (as opposed to the Oct 1913) speech by Reuben R. Arnold is available in John D. Lawson’s American State Trials Volume X 1918, along with the abridged closing arguments of Luther Z. Rosser, Frank Arthur Hooper, and Hugh M. Dorsey. Most people get the two different speeches (August and October, 1913) by Reuben Arnold confused.

Did Leo Frank Solve the Mary Phagan Murder Mystery?

On Monday afternoon, August 18, 1913, Leo Frank responded to Monteen Stover's testimony by telling the jury at his trial:

Now gentlemen [of the Jury], to the best of my recollection from the time the whistle blew for twelve o’clock [noon on Saturday, April 26, 1913] until after a quarter to one [12:46 p.m.] when I went up stairs [to the fourth floor] and spoke to Arthur White and Harry Denham, to the best of my recollection, I did not stir out of the inner office [located at the front of the second floor]; but it is possible that in order to answer a call of nature or to urinate I may have gone to the toilet [in the metal room located at the rear of the second floor]. Those are things that a man does unconsciously and cannot tell how many times nor when he does it (Leo Frank Trial Statement, August 18, Brief of Evidence, 1913).

Excellent sources of research and information about the Leo Frank Case include:

0. The Leo Frank Case Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery 1913 - The first neutral book written about the murder of Mary Phagan and trial of Leo Frank.

1. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan by Mary Phagan Kean (Available on www.Archive.org). Written by Mary Phagan Kean, the great grand niece of Mary Phagan. A neutral account of the events surrounding the trial and appeals of Leo Frank, including his posthumous pardon. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan is well worth reading and it is a refreshing change from the endless number of Jewish authored modern and contemporary books, disingenuously transforming the Leo Frank case into a neurotic, anti-Gentile, race obsessed tabloid controversy.

2. American State Trials, volume X (1918) by John Lawson tends to be biased in favor of Leo Frank and his legal defense team. This case commentary review provides an *abridged* version of the Brief of Evidence, leaving out some of the important testimony and evidence when it republishes parts of the trial testimony. Be sure to read the abridged closing arguments of Luther Zeigler Rosser, Reuben Rose Arnold, Frank Arthur Hooper and Hugh Manson Dorsey. For a more complete version of the Leo M. Frank trial testimony, read the 1913 Leo Frank Case Brief of Evidence.

3. Argument of Hugh M. Dorsey in the Trial of Leo Frank. Some but not all of the 9 hours of arguments given to the Jury at the end of the Leo Frank trial on August 22, 23, and 25, 1913. Only 18 libraries in the United States have copies of these statements in book format. This is an excellent book and required reading for students of the Leo Frank case to see how Hugh Dorsey, in sales vernacular, 'closed' the panel of 13 men (the trial jury of 12 men plus Judge Leonard Strickland Roan).

4. Leo M. Frank, Plaintiff in Error, vs. State of Georgia, Defendant in Error. In Error from Fulton Superior Court at the July Term 1913, Brief of Evidence. Only three original copies from 1913 and 1914 exist at the Georgia State Archive.

Three Major Atlanta Dailies: The Atlanta Constitution, The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Georgian (Hearst's Tabloid Yellow Journalism). The most relevant issues center around April 28th to August 27th 1913.

5. Atlanta Constitution Newspaper: The Murder of Mary Phagan, Coroner's Inquest, Grand Jury, Investigation, Trial, Appeals, Prison Shanking and Lynching reported about the Leo Frank Case in the Atlanta Constitution Daily Newspaper from 1913 to 1915. http://archive.org/details/LeoFrankCaseInTheAtlantaConstitutionNewspaper1913To1915

6. Atlanta Georgian newspaper covering the Leo Frank Case from late April though August, 1913. http://archive.org/details/AtlantaGeorgianNewspaperAprilToAugust1913

7. Atlanta Journal Newspaper, April, 28, 1913, through till the end of August, 1913, pertaining to articles about the Leo Frank Case: http://archive.org/details/AtlantaJournalApril281913toAugust311913

Leo Frank confirms he might have been in the bathroom at the time Monteen Stover said his office was empty (12:05 pm to 12:10 pm): See the Atlanta Constitution, Monday, March 9, 1914, Leo Frank Jailhouse Interview

U.S. Senator Tom Watson

8. Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Newspaper (1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917) and Watson's Magazine (1915). Tom Watson's best work on the Leo M. Frank case was published in August and September 1915. Watson's five major magazine works written serially on the Frank-Phagan affair, provide logical arguments confirming the guilt of Leo M. Frank with the superb reasoning of a seasoned criminal attorney. These five 1915 articles published over numerous months are absolutely required reading for anyone interested in the Leo M. Frank Case. Originals of these magazines are extremely difficult to find.

8.1. The Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (January 1915) Watson's Magazine Volume 20 No. 3. See page 139 for the Leo Frank Case. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source www.Archive.org

8.2. The Full Review of the Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (March 1915) Volume 20. No. 5. See page 235 for 'A Full Review of the Leo Frank Case'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source www.Archive.org

8.3. The Celebrated Case of The State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank By Tom Watson (August 1915) Volumne 21, No 4. See page 182 for 'The Celebrated Case of the State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank". Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source www.Archive.org

8.4. The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert By Tom Watson (September 1915) Volume 21. No. 5. See page 251 for 'The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source www.Archive.org

8.5. The Rich Jews Indict a State! The Whole South Traduced in the Matter of Leo Frank By Tom Watson (October 1915) Volume 21. No. 6. See page 301. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source: www.Archive.org

Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Weekly Newspaper

9. The archive of Tom E. Watson Digital Papers, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, contains the full collection of Jeffersonian Newspapers: http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/watson

Modern Leo Frank cult members (known as Frankites) are posing as neutral reviewers and attempting to convince people not to read Tom Watson's analysis about the Frank-Phagan affair. Watson's analysis of the case is the controversial forbidden fruit of truth that have been censored for more than 100 years.

For a nearly complete selection of: Tom Watson's Jeffersonian newspaper articles specifically related to the Murder of Mary Phagan and Leo Frank Case.

Tom Watson Brown, Grandson of Thomas Edward Watson

10. Notes on the Case of Leo M. Frank, By Tom W. Brown, Emery University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982.

Leo Frank Georgia Supreme Court Archive:

11. Leo Frank Trial and Appeals Georgia Supreme Court File (1,800 pages). http://archive.org/details/leo-frank-georgia-supreme-court-case-records-1913-1914


Year 1913
Language English
Collection folkscanomy_fringe; folkscanomy; additional_collections
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Reviewer: manhattansunrise - favoritefavorite - April 14, 2013
Subject: Desperate and Unpersuasive
The Trial of Leo Frank by Reuben Arnold is surely an interesting read, even though it is clearly desperate, and unpersuasive. With the volumes of official trial testimony and evidence against Leo Frank so immense and overwhelming, what could one expect in terms of this half-hearted effort by the Leo Frank defense? Read the 1913 Brief of Evidence and Georgia Supreme Court records, from the links above.

Leo Frank made a virtual murder confession that he strangled Mary Phagan at his trial when he gave a statement on August 18, 1913 to the Judge and Jury. If you want to read the articulation of it by State's prosecution team members, Solicitor General Hugh Dorsey and Attorney Frank Arthur Hooper, read the closing arguments in American State Trials Volume X 1918. However, the best articulation of the August 18, 1913, Leo Frank murder confession comes from the Anti-Semite Tom Watson in August and September, 1915. Be familiar with how all three of these men articulate the August 18, 1913, Leo Frank murder confession differently.
Reviewer: sarahcohen - favoritefavorite - July 20, 2011
Subject: passionate, but unconvincing
Reuben Arnold was paid a $10,000 retainer to represent Leo Frank. His speech is emotionally passionate, but the arguments are weak and unconvincing at best. You get the unsettling feeling Reuben Arnold doesn't really believe his client is innocent.
Reviewer: anderson10 - - April 25, 2011
Subject: I'm beginning to understand - this is a propoganda campaign against Jews in general
The volume of evidence as made up by Tom Watson was large indeed, but lies. And when I see the comments that leak out here and in other reviews for other postings on this site (e.g.,"arrogent Jew", "Jew pervert", etc..) it's becoming clear why these folks are trying to ressurect and whitewash Tom Watson and re-write the bigoted history of this case, it's clear what's going on. Anti-semites and bigots.
Reviewer: somerset444 - - April 21, 2011
Subject: Let's clarify why it's clear Watson caused the lynching
Clarification - The intro says, "Tom E. Watson is the man the Jewish community and Leo Frank defense partisans claim is responsible for inspiring and instigating the Leo Frank's lynching." That is a partially true statement that leads one to believe only these elements believe in Watson's guilt. Other, objective sources, attribute the lynching of Frank to the incitement of Watson, including the NY Times.
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